Equipping and Empowering for Victorious Kingdom Living

Leadership & Small Groups

Building the Kingdom Through Excellent Leadership Training

Branches form the nurturing element of the mighty oak. They reach out, embrace, and draw in the weary, the struggling, and those who long for more.

Our goal is to equip pastors and leaders to serve effectively as you help others grow to maturity through discipleship, small groups, and ministry opportunities. We believe that the role of the church is to equip each person to grow deeply, heal progressively, and mature splendidly. We not only believe this is possible. We’ve seen it happen over and over, even with the most challenging people. We believe that most people want to grow, heal, and mature. They just don’t know how. We want to walk beside you and offer you the tools you need to succeed. Do you have challenging people or situations? We can help. Do you wonder how you’ll ever motivate that wounded person to heal or that unmotivated person to serve? We can help.

Every resource has been battle-tested. I won’t teach, offer, or sell you something I haven’t used and don’t believe in.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ… (
Ephesians 4:11-13)

Resources for Leaders


Pursuing Unity in the Body of Christ to Change the World

Kingdom Now: Pursuing Unity in the Body of Christ to Change the World is a powerful 13-week Bible study that looks at unity in the church through the lens of several “one another” passages. It is a wonderful study for small groups wanting to learn more about “being” the ekklesia.

Video Discussions of Each Chapter With Pat Sikora and Alyce-Kay Ruckelshaus:

These discussions will give you additional insights into each chapter and model how to conduct a discussion, including a few disagreements

How to Keep Your Group on the Edge of Their Seats

One of the hallmarks of an effective small group is leading dynamic discussions that keep your members excited to attend and engage. This series of articles is taken from one of my most popular training workshops.

1. Know What Type of Group You’re Leading
2. What Type Of Study Will Meet Your Goal
3. Create A Climate for Growth
4. Ask Good Questions
5. Four Types of Questions


Small Group Covenant

Use this covenant to clarify what group members can expect of one another. It’s a Word document, so feel free to modify it to suit your group.

Small Group Leaders Lesson Plan

If you’re a new leader, this Lesson Plan will help you plan in advance how you want to lead the discussion. It will help you stay on track, even if members try to go off on rabbit trails. It’s a Word document, so modify it to suit your needs.